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Industry 4.0 Welcomes a New Generation of Distribution Center Technology

The 2017 Supply Chain Strategies special report from UK-based daily newspaper The Times features Apex Supply Chain Technologies point of view on automated dispensing systems in warehouses, distribution centers and other logistics facilities. Published for The Times by Raconteur, “Industry 4.0 Welcomes a New Generation of Distribution Centre Technology,” notes that handheld scanners are a… Read More

The High Cost of Low-Value C-Parts: Procurement of Low Priority Inventory Is Impacting Operational Productivity

C-parts represent around 20 percent of procurement costs within a business, but an astounding 80 percent of purchasing volumes. Despite being low in value, their procurement is frequently time-consuming and expensive when you take into account having to find suppliers, select the goods and negotiate costs – and do this on a regular basis to… Read More

Assembly Fasteners, Inc. Builds Business with the ACTYLUS Smart Bin System

Our ACTYLUS™ Smart Bins are generating a lot of attention with distributors as a way automate vendor managed inventory programs and expand their business. In a recent webinar with Industrial Distribution, Apex customer Assembly Fasteners, Inc. (AFI) walked through the specifics of how ACTYLUS Smart Bins help them increase their business with existing customers, differentiate themselves… Read More

Order Pick-Up Peril: Restaurants, Foodservice Need to Consider “Last 10 Inches” of Customer Experience

Starbucks understands a focus on the last 10 feet is critical to increasing throughput and same store sales. In a recent interview with CNBC, Starbucks incoming CEO, Kevin Johnson, talked about how they’re using technology and digital innovation to end lines and improve the customer experience. The seemingly ubiquitous coffee brand‘s approach may be innovative, but their effort is no surprise. It’s addressing one… Read More

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Warning Signs of Asset MISmanagement

Handheld devices, like scanners and other electronics, have a tough life in the supply chain. Every company manages these assets differently, if at all. And we’ve heard all kinds of #TrueStories about how these well-intended programs have a tough time tracking everything. You wouldn’t believe some of the places these valuable devices turn up. We… Read More

3 Lessons Retail Can Learn from Snapchat

Snapchat recently announced it will sell Spectacles, its first “hardware product,” via vending machines. This news is raising more than a few, uh, eyebrows. Spectacles are sunglasses armed with a camera and bluetooth that allow consumers to more easily capture and post content to a mobile app that’s grown quickly to become one of the top 10 most popular in… Read More

Munters: A Global OEM Improves Inventory Replenishment with ACTYLUS Smart Bins

Munters is a global manufacturer of air treatment and climate control solutions. As an industry leader, the company relies on continuous improvement programs to eliminate waste and improve productivity throughout its operations. “There’s Always a Better Way” When one of its manufacturing plants realized it was spending 728 manual labor hours annually scanning and entering… Read More

The 2016 NIFMSE Fastener Show Report

This was our first year at the NIFMSE show which had record attendance from an international audience. To make a good impression with the industrial fastener industry, we unveiled the ACTYLUS™ 8100/8200, the newest automated inventory replenishment system from Apex Supply Chain Technologies®. New ACTYLUS Wins Fastener News Desk Award Attendees were impressed. In fact, we’re humbled… Read More

Product Innovation Requires Commitment…to Failure

By Ben Savage, Chief Innovation Officer, Apex Supply Chain Technologies   The topic of failure has been so popular over the past few years, some will argue it’s passé. For example, if a startup hasn’t unlocked its failure achievement badge…is it really a startup? Failure is so accepted that startup founders can even attend FailCon: a… Read More

Successful Innovation Programs Require a Culture of Learning

“I’m a Student, Jim…. Not a Doctor!” You cannot innovate if you cannot learn By Ben Savage, Chief Innovation Officer, Apex Supply Chain Technologies To truly innovate, to develop new things and not just incrementally improve existing products, you have to try things that may not, or should not, work. You have to think like… Read More

Click & Collect Success: Retail Must Increase Focus on the Customer

Retail is paying more attention to click & collect programs to delight customers with a truly seamless experience. By Kent Savage, Founder & CEO, Apex Supply Chain Technologies As some retailers explore it for the first time, Walmart, Target, The Home Depot, Macy’s and Kohl’s are among retailers accelerating rollout of their well-established programs. The pace of… Read More

Apex #TrueStories – My Package Arrived Today. So Did Your Scanner.

MY PACKAGE ARRIVED TODAY. SO DID YOUR SCANNER Another Sign You Need Apex Imagine you come home and find a package delivered outside your door. You open to find exactly what you ordered – along with a barcode scanner. It’s funny, and you have a great story to tell at work the next day. Back… Read More

Apex #TrueStories: Unlocked Cabinets

WHAT GOOD ARE LOCKED CABINETS IF THEY LEAVE ‘EM OPEN? Another Sign You Need Apex #TrueStories This story could be called, “The Best-Laid Plans.” It’s a situation we often see when we do our first walk-through with new customers. They have nice, new, shiny cabinets meant to hold the expensive scanners and electronics…but the doors… Read More

Apex #TrueStories – Watercooler

They’ll Never Think of Looking Here… Another Sign You Need Apex Here’s a crazy-but-true story we heard from one of our sales managers who’s called on distribution centers for 25+ years.  his customer told  him how they discovered that an operator had been hiding his scanner in the drinking fountain.  our first question was –… Read More

Apex #TrueStories – Hide-and-Seek

 They Play Hide-and-Seek with Scanners and You’re Always “It” Another Sign You Need Apex If your business uses handheld devices, you know what happens when one turns up missing.  One employee stands around while another employee (usually a manager) looks for the missing scanner or chases down a backup.  That’s two employees not doing what… Read More

Apex #TrueStories – Sick Day

Operator Takes A Sick Day Handheld Gets a Holiday Another Sign You Need Apex We all have favorite tools that work better, look better, or just feel right in our hand. For operators, it’s handhelds. Maybe they like one that scans faster. Or one that’s easier to read. They might put stickers on it to… Read More